Travel reviews

Travel reviews by Mr C & Ms Y from Edinburgh


A magical trip

On this trip, I visited Rwanda between 18-Jun-2014 and 26-Jun-2014 and I travelled with 1 other person.

Overall my trip experience was:

ExcellentExcellent

We truly had a wonderful time on this trip.

The Expert Africa/Primate Safari part was only 8 days out of 22, but we have no regrets about the organisation, the pace and the activities. Rwanda is still developing its tourist industry, which means not everything runs perfectly, but also that people working in the tourist sector are not yet as jaded or cynical as in neighbouring countries. This was reflected in the friendliness of the staff, who were almost always willing to do that little bit extra to make things right.

Likewise, we were favourably impressed by our knowledgeable and highly professional driver-guide from Primate Safaris: we learned a lot about the country's history, politics and nature from our lengthy conversations with him and he drove extremely carefully. If there is one thing we would have liked to have seen more, it was Nyungwe Forest - it is a beautiful place. The two days we spent were too short: the activities are quite far apart and the general atmosphere merits a 3-4 day visit at least.

On the other hand, we were delighted to go gorilla tracking on two separate occasions. The permits are extremely expensive - even by the standards of rich Western tourists - but we saw something completely different on each day. The other primate-related activities (chimpanzee, colobus monkey and golden monkey tracking) were also rewarding. One piece of advice, though: don't leave without a pair of binoculars! They really do make the wildlife viewing experience much more intense.

In short, this was an extremely memorable and well thought-out trip - and we'd warmly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore this mountainous part of East Africa.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

You may already know this, but Turkish Airlines fly direct to Kigali and Entebbe from Istanbul several times a week. With excellent connections from Manchester, Edinburgh, London and possibly other regional airports too, this makes Turkish a good (and cheap!) option for flights to this part of Africa.

I stayed at and have reviewed:

Place Overall rating
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Rwanda
19-Jun-2014 review: Up in the clouds!
ExcellentExcellent
Cormoran Lodge, Rwanda
21-Jun-2014 review: Peaceful retreat by the lake
ExcellentExcellent
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, Rwanda
23-Jun-2014 review: Smoking volcanoes
ExcellentExcellent